Musharraf lawyers complain to UN over Pakistan 'show trial'
LONDON (AFP) - Lawyers for Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf said Friday a treason charge levied against him was politically motivated and that he would face a "show trial", urging the United Nations to intervene.
The legal team also called on the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia to denounce Musharraf's trial to "repay their debt" for his support in the US-led "war on terror" in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Musharraf overthrew the government of current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless military coup in 1999 and ruled until 2008. His lawyers claim Sharif is using the treason case to get revenge.
The 70-year-old ex-commando, who is due to appear before a special court on December 24, is the first former military dictator in Pakistan's history to face trial for treason.